>> reporter: d.c. central kitchen estimates the damage at all nine trucks to be about $10,000. the reason why they stay estimate is so high, you can't just simply paint over the graffiti. they'll have to relabor all of these trucks. but they said they want to go ahead and fi them because of what the truck represent to the community. >> the kitchen for so many thousands literally tens of thousands, millions, has been a sign of hope and liberation and empowerment for so many years. the last thing we want ople to see a defaced truck that is supposed to be, again, a beacon of hope. >> reporter: five years ago, ane was sitting in prison finishing up hisentence for weapons violations. today the 38-year-old from southeast baking pumpkin cookies from scratch. >> this place gave me a new shine in life. >> reporter: while the d.c. central kitchen removes the gras feety,e said in the meantime, the kitchen is still open.